Penarth Marina residents have been sharing their concerns about next week’s impending clearance of trees from the escarpment above Penarth Marina with Penarth Civic Society at a meeting last night at Foxy’s Restaurant on Victoria Road .
Penarth Civic Society have been in the vanguard of protecting pavement trees in Penarth and recently confirmed an agreement with the Vale of Glamorgan Council that the society would be consulted prior to the removal of any street trees in the town.
Last night – in an open meeting on the need for better tree management in Penarth – concerns were expressed about the number of Victorian trees in the town which had “disappeared” and several ideas were contributed as to what the future policy should be to preserve the leafy look of the town.
The most urgent issue raised at the meeting however was the impending clearance of the Penarth Escarpment along Penarth Portway up to the roundabout junction with Terra Nova Way . Here Vale of Glamorgan Council contractors are due to begin large-scale tree clearance, coppicing, pollarding and felling operation on Monday January 18th which is to last four weeks.
A group of residents from Penarth Marina told the meeting the destruction of the tree coverage already carried out on the escarpment in December 2014 had a “huge adverse impact upon the appearance of the neighbourhood” and had “degraded the amenity of the area”.
Neither Penarth Civic Society itself nor the Penarth Town Council had been notified about the next week’s tree-clearance operations .
Residents at the Society’s open meeting queried the costs of the clearance operation and asked how these could be met at a time when the council could not afford to maintain other trees in Penarth. Members of the audience asked where the council had found the money for this operation. It was also noted that bats had disappeared from the area following the December 2014 clearance of a 100 yard stretch of the escarpment above the marina boatyard.
Town Councillor Tracey Alexander (Labour, Cornerswell ) who is Vice chairman of the Penarth Civic Society told the meeting she would contact the Vale Council’s Operational Manager David Knevett to be briefed on the operation and would get back to residents with information .
She would also be endeavouring to speak to the Vale Council’s Steve Sloman who would be supervising next week’s clearance operation.
Penarth Civic Society officials may be present on site as the operation proceeds.
Cllr Alexander (who is not a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council) has confirmed that the Vale Council had received reports from professional consultants on the condition of the Marina Escarpment .